Rays of Sunshine granted its 4,000th wish when a little girl was treated to the party of a life time after she missed her school leavers’ prom.
Helena Green, from Liverpool, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer in her kidney in December 2013 when she was just 11-years-old.
The schoolgirl, now 12, had to undergo 11 months of gruelling treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, which meant she missed her final year of primary school – and the end of year prom.
But – after her treatment came to an end in November 2014 – Helena was treated to her very own graduation party on Friday thanks to Ray of Sunshine and it’s charity partner The Fragrance Shop who have donated £300,000 to the charity since October 2012 to help make wishes come true for children like Helena.
Helena’s mum Stacey Shields, 31, said:
“Helena has been so excited. She’s completely made up at how it’s all gone.
“She’s about to go into senior school, but because of her treatment she missed her school leavers party with her friends, so it was a great way for her to celebrate at last.”
Helena, who lost her hair during treatment, was treated to a glamorous new wig, as well as a handbag and a new pair of shoes. Stacey said:
“Rays of Sunshine brought seven dresses over to the house for Helena to try on.
“She had her make-up and nails done, too.
She’s never had anything like that done before so she felt like a little princess.
She’s still so thin though – she’s not eating yet, she’s on a bag of feed to build her up. Half of the dresses were too big.”
Despite enduring a gruelling year of treatment, Helena put on a brave face for her family. Stacey said:
“She flew right through the treatment, although she didn’t talk about it at the time.
“Now that she’s in the clear she’s started saying that she used to get scared of going for chemo and worried about getting an infection, but she didn’t want to scare or worry me.”
After spending the night learning new dance routines, playing around in the photo booth arranged by Rays of Sunshine. She also got a surprise message from her favourite band Little Mix wishing her well, before enjoying a performance from Little Chicks – a Little Mix tribute band.
Stacey said one of the best parts was spending much-missed time with her family. She said:
“There were 100 of us there, all close friends and family. It was big day for the whole family as none of us have properly seen each other for a year. It was nice to have the time to just sit and have a chat together.”